Brown Ale | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
11º P, 27 IBU

Added by Sigmund on 11-12-2003

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Photo of Floydster
2.44/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions for about seven dollars and unfortunately, it was not worth the money

Poured into a mug with a dark reddish brown color, vanilla head was about 1/4 inch and mellowed quickly, left some lacing, but died off before I was done drinking this

Smell was a little bit of roasted nuts and a small amount of malt, but it was hard to distinguish anything else, very weak aroma

Taste was one of the worst brown ales I have ever had, sour aftertaste just killed it for me, nutty at first and then fades into something that is just not good, no sweetness, just a dry tarty taste in the finish that does not belong there, not smooth at all like most other browns

Could drink much more of this mainly because the taste was so bad, the alcohol in it was low and it was light, but it is just hard to stomach

Not recommended for the ridiculous price tag, disappointing brew from Nogne

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Photo of Jettanbass9
2.62/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the infamous nogne-o....

A - ugly. i could have mistaken the pour and look for a diet coke. the carbonation sounded like a 2 liter being poured over some ice. not impressive at all.

S - popped the cap and took a whiff... boozy. poured, still boozy with a faint aroma of english malts. a second whiff reassures of english chocolate or brown malts and maris otter.

T - sweet, like sugary sweet. hop character is somewhat muted by the nuttiness and a fruity yeast. The taste is somewhat average... but the description let me down. Crystal hops are some of my favorite to use in my own beers and their are barely noticable in this one.

M - average. think newcastle, brooklyn brown... its not over the top or watery, the first success of this beer.

D - see above. IF this were ever on tap, i would definitely try again but this average beer doesnt stand up to a real english brown or any of the american interpretations. It doesnt taste bad but there is nothing exceptional about it. I'd drink one of these and take home a 6 pack of troegs rugged trail instead.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/20/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very dark brown color body, smallish tan-whitish head, diminishing. Okay lacing. Strong sweet aroma, some spiciness and bitterness. Some smokiness. Some funkiness or something there in the nose. Watery body, some funkiness and smokiness. Slight chocolately. Old chalky chocolate taste. Some alcohol in the aftertaste. Some sourness too. A little odd.

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Photo of SQNfan
2.82/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This poured brown in color but on the lighter, translucent side with a fluffy head of medium-sized bubbles. The nose is rather sweet and spicy with added scents of chocolate, malt, anise and smoke. In the mouth it is thin and watery lacking concentration of flavor and depth. While nice and easily drinkable, it doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Very dark brown with red traces all over 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Coffee and chocolate notes not much else

Taste: Upfront is a funky yeast character backed up by traditional brown ale characters. A bit thrown off by the yeast character

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and mildly carbonated

Overall: Not very impressed with the beer. I just could not get past the flavor to truly enjoy the beer

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker than average brown. Had a nice frothy beige head that fell to a ring on the top center of the beer and stayed the duration.
Smell is just slightly roasty, not too much coming through here. Taste is nice. Decent medium bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of cocoa coming through as well. A nice solid brown ale. A little bigger tasting than your typical brown.

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Photo of charlatan
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed at Batemans for 'spoons latest real ale festival. Chestnut to mahogany colour with an offwhite head. It smells of toffee, but it certainly doesn't taste sweet, instead there's a wholemeal bread, almost marmitey flavour. There are certainly spicy hops here, but I prefer them in conjunction with something a little sweeter. There's also a hint of cocoa. It has a rather dry finish.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured via bottle into goblet on 11/14/08.

A - Slightly muddy brown body with deep orange highlights and thin alabaster head that receded into some patchy retention.

S - Nutty and caramel malt aroma with some earthy, leafy hops and a mild alcohol presence.

T - Malt is primarily nutty with some caramel sweetness and a bit of tangy sourness in the back. Finish is mildly bitter with a bit of earthy hops pushing through.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Texture is pretty thin and watery, certainly not robust.

D - This is a decent brew, but there's plenty of American and English brown ales out there that are much better than this. This is nothing to write home about.

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Photo of trpng0bily
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep, musky amber, extremely dark for a brown ale, with significant head.

S: A robust nose of roasted nuts, toasted barley, cocoa.

T: A bit of a letdown following the nose. Pretty bland, with an ugly metallic component and a lackluster finish.

M: Solid in this department, full for a brown ale, even a bit creamy, with somewhat heavy carbonation.

D: Brown ales are among the easiest-drinking beers in my opinion, but the metallic component of this beer makes me notice every sip, and not in a good way.

Overall, this beer disappoints in a big way.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dirty motor oil brown with a frothy off white head that hangs out. Stick coating lacing.

First I get sweet and toast malt, this is promptly followed by a chocolate milk aroma that I really like. Some faint coffee in there as well. Not super complex, but smells great.

And here is the let down, nope, I'm going to let it warm a bit before I continue.

Sweet, chocolaty flavors surround the front of your tongue. This is followed by some mildly bitter burnt malt and sweetened coffee. The finish carries very little "spice" as opposed to the description on the bottle, it is somewhat metallic. The finish comes off tasting more like bad tap water than spicy hops.

Light bodied and overly carbonated. More watery than I expected.

I could drink a bunch of this easily. It's good, but not a stand out in my mind. Maybe if it were on tap and a lot less expensive I would dig it more.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small (less than 1/2 an inch) off-white head. Not much lacing or head retention. It smells like cherries, coffee, chocolate, nuts, and even a little bit of alcohol (weird considering the low ABV). Taste is mainly dark fruit, coffee, walnuts and some noticable alcohol heat which goes away as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is light and on the thin side. Carbonation is low and a little bit slick. I expected it to have more body to it, it was thinner than I expected. Drinkability is OK, but nothing impressive at all. Overall it's decent and I would try it again, but I wouldn't make it a point to seek out. I'm actually disappointed in this beer. I liked their imperial stout a lot, but the brown ale isn't in the same ballpark.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for Himerman for the opportunity

A: Pours like an amber rootbeer with a fairly still presence. Head is currently a good inch of tan colored bubbles but I’ve got the feeling they won’t be lasting long.

S: Dried cocoa, hazelnut, instant coffee, brown crayons and logan berries.

T: Begins with some tangy dark fruits at the tip of the tongue with cola and day old coffee qualities to it. Watery brown sugar syrup with vanilla sensations comes next, lending way to toasted almonds and doughy thoughts. Some roastedness can be found but its quite minor and not really worth going into. Finishes with an unfortunate stab of metallic aluminum and a dirty feature.

M: Medium body but thin across the palate. Touch of carbon sting.

D: The theme to this beer is “watery”. Simply seemed water down. Flavors weren’t pronounced enough and not that they have to be over the top, the just should taste like water has been added to the brew. Decent but nothing special by any means.

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Photo of johanvond
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. Nice redish brown color ith slight off white head. Low in carbonation and light in body. A bit too light in body almost watery but still realy drinkable. There a realy good mix of caramel chocolate and toffie nuttyness and unfortunalty i feel this is where the light body can hurt this otherwise realy good beer. Its worth a try and could be good after a heavy meal.

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Photo of beerlassie
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a rich brown color, that when held up to the light contains red tints.

The smell is pleasantly sweet, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

The taste is surprising simple, a sweet maltiness, with a slight chocolate flavor. While the aroma was very distinct, the taste is not as perceptible.

Mouthfeel is nice. The beer is light bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is just mediocre at best. The beer promised a lot in its smell, but did not deliver in taste. At $7.99 and only 1 Pint, 9 oz. I'd reach for something else before trying this beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Deep Dr. Pepper. Creamy dusting of head. Nice lace.

S - Mild aroma. Light booze and dried dark fruits.

T - Dark coffee, brazil nuts. Lightly toasted malts.

M - Watery mouthfeel is really disappointing. The flavors could really shine if they had a body to stand on.

O - Good flavor and balance, but the mouthfeel really hurts this one.

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Photo of Brewlore
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown (pretty darn close to being black). Though some nice reddish hues came out when held against a light source. A really light white head formed but didn't hold it's own.

The aroma was jumping with chocolate malts & cocoa. Very malty sweet with hints of coffee in it. I did feel the esters from really kept in check.

This brew has a really restrained flavor I felt. The scent was great and pretty much prepared you for a flavorful punch when you sipped it. This was not the case though! Very light tasting. A bit of biscuit/chocolate/nutty malt flavors coming through. Not much going on unfortunately.

Light-medium bodied with decent carbonation levels. It felt quite nice on the palate.

It's really drinkable. The flavors are not in full force so it'll be hard to pick something out that would detract from drinking it. I don't think I'd reach for another. It's just not all that flavorful.

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Photo of ralree
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very deep red and nearly opaque. Head is pretty worthless - only 1/4 finger and no retention.

S: Smells great - caramel malt and spices, maybe some chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Weird alkaline taste to this. Otherwise sweet and a little weak. Caramel malt comes through alright, but not much else. A little bit of cola taste. This isn't really doing it for me.

M: A little watery, but good carbonation. Slight astringency, but not overpowering.

D: Drinkable, but not satisfying. Needs some more body.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown, allowing a little light to come thru around the edges. Very foamy, 2 finger tan head that leaves some nice lacing as the head slowly fades.

S - Has a nice roasty malt aroma, with notes of toffee, slightly bitter coffee, and some dark roasty fruits.

T - Not as big as the smell would lead on to, but still the toffee, and roasty malts are on the forefront.

M - Has a light mouthfeel, slightly watery actually. A little over carbonated in my opinion as well.

O - This one actually foamed over just a little when I popped it open. But besides that, it's a good brew. Good, but not great. I'm still up in the air if I'm gonna get another one of these, but I am enjoying this one for now.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark hazelnut brown with minimal beads of carbonation coming into it. Small cappuccino colored headbwhich disappeared quickly after the pour

Smell - smells of caramel with roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate, actually reminds me of a nose i would find on a porter

Taste- this like the nose reminds me of a porter but with more zest to it. Taste with light chocolate and roasted malts with orange peel that makes the beer's overall finish dry. The maltiness is the main taste with the orange dominating the back end

Mouthfeel - creamy as it sits in the mouth, nice carbonation adds some zest to the mouth

Drinkability - A nice easy to drink brown ale especially at the low abv. It doesn't blow you away but it is good to have some pub grub for sure

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Photo of animal69
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly cloudy deep amber-brown w/ an almost non-existent off-white head that leaves little lacing in my nonic ; a very light smell, some wild combination too weak to separate, smells cold, woody and vinous with hints of dark fruits, nuts, and spices ; the taste follows suit in flavor and unfortunately in strength, a collage of flavors just a bit too subtle, a mild brandy-ish w/ smokey oak flavor in the front, vanilla and cherry/licorice midway with a mineraly, metallic and diacetyl finish ; a light beer w/ little co2, feels a little oily on the tongue, thin even for an english brn. ; def. drinkable, but, again if it was about a bit stronger it would rule for sure...

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Photo of beckje01
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a Nøgne tasting.

Starts with a nice malt smell, very inviting and good for a brown ale. The taste is solid for a brown nothing wonderful but very solid. The mouth feel is hurting it a bit just feels to thin. Overall a drinkable beer with nice taste but the mouth feel is holding this back a bit, but I don't know what to do to really make the taste stand out for being something above and beyond. Brown ales are a nice meal beer for most meals I eat out so if I ever see this one I will order it but can't say I would have it around the house I don't make the foods that would go with it and its too pricey just to have it on its own.

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Photo of hero27
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle.

Pours a murky brown with an inch or so of tan foam.
Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, and caramel.
Nutty flavor with the addition of some soft chocolate malts, hazelnut & fig. More smoky than I expected as well.
Fairly thin, and at only 4.5% abv, the 16.9 oz bottle is pretty easy to take down.
Well this is hands-down the best brown ale I've ever had from Norway. It also happens to be the first.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this the same night as Laginitas' Lumpy Gravy. This was much better. Clear brownish-red pour with a medium off-white head. Cream, nuts, cocoa, brown sugar, and earthy hops in the nose. The taste is more like a porter than a brown ale. Chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, some coffee and molasses, and smoke. Nice hoppy bitterness near the finish. I don't really care for browen ales, but this was very good.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown with a big, thick, firm, dense and lovely tan head.

Nose is big assertive, full and rich brown sweet pumpernickel with light carmel, mapel and toffee character.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery but with a nice balance and which is overcome by full big and clean coffee flavors.

Big black espresso character, flavor and bitter finish. Coffee character in all respects. This is a big brown ale.

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Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is toasted, coffee like, with chocolate. The appearance is brown with large tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average. This is nice but not super great. This is one of those beers that you want to like more but you just have to call it for what it is.

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